Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world. 

 

JUNK IN THE TRUNK:

Simba, the chess-playing cat:

33 fascinating songwriting stories:

Best dancers of the parrot world:



RICH'S PICK:“Dans Combien de Temps” by Perkins:

 

MARK'S PICK: Grateful Dead with an acoustic "Bird Song"

 

 

REAR-VIEW MIRROR

Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Five Man Electrical Band with "Signs."

Ottawa rock outfit, Five Man Electrical Band proved that sticking to one's guns pays off.

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Listen to Rich tell you the story behind "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band

In the early days of the band, back at the beginning of the 70s, the band went to Los Angeles to begin working on a record. One of the first songs they recorded caught the attention of the head of major record label, MGM. When the band was offered a contract, they thought they hit the big time. But the band's producer, Dallas Smith thought signing the deal was a mistake.

MGM liked a song called "Hello Melinda Goodbye" and showed little interest in another song called "Signs". The band's producer, Dallas Smith was so sure "Signs" would be a hit, he convinced the band to opt out of their contract with MGM. He found a tiny label out of New York called Lionel Records that loved "Signs" and wanted to release it as a single. The guys in the band were a bit skeptical and worried they were making a big mistake, but they trusted their producer and valued his belief in them.

The gamble paid off big time. When Lionel Records released "Signs" in 1971, it went through the roof, reaching #3 on the Billboard chart in the U.S.

Here's the amazing twist: MGM was so concerned that they missed out on a good thing with Five Man Electrical Band, they bought Lionel Records after "Signs" became a hit. It must have been extremely satisfying for producer Dallas Smith to be able to say "I told you so" to the brass at MGM.

Here's one of the biggest hits of 1971 - a hippie anthem by a group of guys from Ottawa who stuck to their guns. This is "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band.

 

Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:

Band Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas

John Lennon/Imagine

The Ugly Ducklings/Nothin

Bob Dylan/Tangled Up In Blue

The Beatles/Norwegian Wood

The Pursuit of Happiness/I'm An Adult Now

Bruce Springsteen/Born To Run

Arcade Fire/Wake Up

Gnarls Barkley/Crazy

Big Joe Turner/Shake Rattle and Roll

Martha and the Muffins/Echo Beach

Wilson Pickett/In The Midnight Hour

The Band/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Fleetwood Mac/Go Your Own Way

The Animals/House of the Rising Sun

Ian and Sylvia/Four Strong Winds

James Brown/Please Please Please

John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

Leonard Cohen/Suzanne

The Ramones/I Wanna Be Sedated

Blue Rodeo/Try

The Guess Who/American Woman

U2/I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For

Janis Joplin/Me and Bobby McGee

Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could Read My Mind"

The Byrds "Eight Miles High"

Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"

Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock Around The Clock"

The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"

Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"

Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"

Big Star "September Gurls"

The Hollies "Bus Stop"

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"

Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"

Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"

Dolly Parton "Jolene"

The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"

Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"

James Taylor "Fire And Rain"

The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"

Radiohead "Paranoid Android"

M.I.A. "Paper Planes"

The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"

Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"

Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"

Cheap Trick "Surrender"

Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"

Beach Boys "Sloop John B"

Amy Winehouse "Rehab"

New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"

Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"

George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"

The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Rolling Stones 'Miss You'

The Coasters 'Run Red Run'

Elvis Costello, 'Alison'

James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'

Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'

Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'

Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'

Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'

Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'

Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'

CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'

Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'

Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'

Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'

Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'

Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'

Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'

Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'

The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'

Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'

R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'

Radiohead, 'No Surprises'

Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'

Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'

Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'



posted by Mark Wigmore on Jan 16, 2014